Five-Time Paralympic Gold Medalist Wenpan Huang Dies in Car Accident

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Six-time Paralymic Games gold medalist Wenpan Huang of China unexpectedly died on March 16. Huang passed away after being in a car accident in Hongya County, China. The International Paralympic Committee provided a statement on his passing.

IPC Statement on Wenpan Huang:

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons has sent his condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Chinese Paralympic swimming champion Wenpan Huang who died on Friday (16 March).

Huang, a 22-year-old five-time gold medallist and one-time silver medallist from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, was killed in a car accident on Friday (16 March) in Hongya County, a country of Sichuan Province in China.  He was an S3 class swimmer who picked up five golds and a bronze at last December’s World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City.

Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “It is absolutely devastating news that one of the world’s best Para swimmers has been killed in a car accident.  The thoughts of the whole Paralympic Movement are with his family, friends, and teammates.

“Wenpan was one of a new breed of exceptionally talented athletes with high support needs.  At Rio 2016 he was one of the star performers picking up five gold medals and setting five world records along the way.  He will be a sad loss to the whole World Para Swimming community.”

Many organizations have already given their condolences via social media:

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  1. Thomas A. Small

    Omg that’s awful God Bless him and his family

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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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